ADMIN MESSAGE SEPTEMBER 2014
It is always inspiring to observe students walking through the doors on the first days of school - senses heightened. As educators, we walk in the same way. As a learning community it is a time when we pay extra sensitive attention to the hopes, fears, curiosities and perspectives of one another, while we try to understand our own. Of course - it is inherent. We all want to get to know on a deeper level, the people who have the potential to shape who we are, and the people whom we are about to continue to share our journey with; the journey in which we endeavor to figure out our changing world as we try to find our place within it. Yikes! We really do need one another!
One of our first goals as a community in our first few days of school was to compose a value statement for HGI that promotes a healthy learning environment for all while allowing individuals to be true to who they are. Through an advisory structure, all students and staff had an opportunity to express the values most important to them in terms of growing as individuals and as a community. With cheese pizza in hand, a group of grade level student representatives consolidated the hundreds of values suggested and over the course of a lunch hour, common themes emerged. As a community we can say that at HGI we value: Responsibility, Acceptance, Initiative, Optimism, and Uniqueness.
This powerful statement was defined and shared by our student representatives at our first assembly, and as a social contract, will serve to connect us to one another and to what we do.
In addition to the great activities our teachers have designed to foster early relationships, Strong Beginnings is another opportunity to get to know one another, and will take place on Friday, September 19, and Monday, September 22. More information along with specific one-hour appointment times will be sent home by the homeroom teachers soon. We look forward to connecting with the rest of our community on Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m. during the "Meet the Teacher" evening.
Extracurricular activities including cheerleading, cross-country for Grades 5-9, handball for Grade 5 students, as well as volleyball for Grades 6-9 begin soon! Please check out the athletic calendar for specific dates and times. We encourage you to explore the rest of our website for HGI news, events and special features including HGI Tubes’ newest releases. One last reminder before we sign off: Wednesday, September 10th is our first early dismissal at 2 p.m. for the staff meeting. We look forward to sharing the journey as we learn and grow together! Go Wolves!
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